African Perspectives

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Celebrating 25 years of broadcasts on WUGA, African Perspectives examines current issues in Africa and celebrates African music and culture. The series also focuses on Africans living in Georgia and the Southeast and provides information about African-related activities on the University of Georgia campus. Host Akinloye Ojo is a native of Nigeria and a Ph.D.  in linguistics.

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African Perspectives for June 7, 2020

Jun 8, 2020

With the impact of the ongoing pandemic on all of our lives, we decided to begin our summer offerings on our first show in June. This episode is part one of a two-part special on the genres and impact of music in Africa. The two shows focuses on the work ‘Introduction to Music in Africa’ from an African ethnomusicologist, Dr. Adeoluwa Okunade as part of our Summer School sessions on African Perspectives. In addition, the two specialized shows serve as introduction to our ever-popular five-week summer musical safari through the African continent.

African Perspectives for May 31, 2020

Jun 2, 2020

This episode is our second listeners’ appreciation show for the year. Once every quarter, we set aside a show to appreciate the support of our listeners. These quarterly episodes have been part of our tradition on African Perspectives.

African Perspectives for May 24,2020

Jun 2, 2020

This Memorial Day special episode commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in the United States. To the list of those who have fought and died on behalf of the United States, we add the names of all the health workers and others who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the show, we share five wise sayings from across the African continent from the website, face2face Africa, as part of our consideration of the meaning of life over the long weekend. As always, the episode features selected enjoyable music from Africa and/or by Africans.

African Perspectives for May 17, 2020

May 18, 2020

This episode returns to our conversation about the Coronavirus pandemic even as we rejoice with our Muslim listeners about the end of the holy month of Ramadan. As part of the show, we share updates about a a remarkable development in the fight against Coronavirus coming out of the African Island nation of Madagascar. We round up with Eid Mubarak, festive greetings to our Muslim listeners on the Islamic holiday of Eid-el-Fitri at the end of May.

African Perspectives for May 10, 2020

May 7, 2020

This Mother’s Day special episode celebrates all mothers and mother figures in our listening area and on the African continent.

The episode focuses on the celebration of mothers and other care givers even as the nation has a subdued celebration in the environment of social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.